The Danish Royal Couple, Princess Mary and her husband Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark have been greeted by a warm welcome at Bondi, by locals and royal followers, as they visited the famous Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell welcomed the royal couple back to Sydney.
The Australian-born Princess Mary and Frederik, the heir to the Danish throne, this morning toured the sound end of Bondi Beach in the first official engagement of their six-day visit to Australia, where they chatted with the public and presented two awards.
Mr O'Farrell said he was delighted to have the royal couple back in Sydney.
"Like many Australians, we share in the royal romance and relationship that some have described as a fairytale," Mr O'Farrell said.
Sculpture By The Sea founder David Handley should be given credit as fairy godmother, Mr O'Farrell quipped.
"Because of course you came here in 2000 (when Mary and Frederick met during the Sydney Olympics) to see this marvellous Sculpture By The Sea," he said.
The royal couple handed the winners of the People's Choice and Children's Choice awards their bright blue trophies.
Prince Frederik presented sculptor Byeong Doo Moon with the People's Choice prize for his sculpture I have been dreaming to be a tree II.
Princess Mary presented Sydney artist Ken Unsworth with the Children's Choice prize for his fibre-glass skeleton Look this way.
It was a lucky day for a couple of school kids also. Two children from Bronte public school presented Princess Mary with flowers.
The couple were casually dressed for very warm Sydney weather, with Princess Mary wearing an attractive cream sleeveless shirt, a white pencil skirt and orange pumps.
Health conscious, the brunette princess had her shoulder length hair tied back in a basic ponytail and she sported a broad-brimmed hat. on hand to The couple did not get sunburned.
Prince Frederik wore a pair of tan chinos and a blue shirt open at the collar, with no tie.
The royal twins, Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, were not spotted.
Then the couple was whisked away to the opening of a Danish-Australian exhibition at Customs House at Sydney's Circular Quay.
They were greeted by fans waving Danish flags at Customs House, about one kilometre from the Slip Inn, the bar where they met in 2000.
They were greeted at the gate by Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen before walking in together to launch the Curating Cities: Sydney-Copenhagen exhibition.
Then it was time for Mary and Fredrick to depart and get ready to attend a barbecue with Australian and Danish business leaders at Garden Island before heading off to Admiralty House at Kirribilli for a meeting with Governor General Quentin Bryce and her husband Michael.
Commentators are going to be kept busy tracking the daily movements of one of the most loved and
respected royal couples of all time.
Sculpture By The Sea - Bondi
HRH Crown Princess
TRH the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess
Royal House of Denmark - official site
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